Highlighting an invisible issue

Crikey readers have their say.

Unemployed Australians:

Peter Lloyd writes: Thank you Annemarie O’Reilly (yesterday, comments) for highlighting an invisible, unpublicised issue that affects thousands of Australian workers, in particular males who have been the losers from the reforms of the past 30 years.

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4 thoughts on “Highlighting an invisible issue

  1. ligno34

    Re unemployed Australians: as a former University lecturer and CEO of a small local government I too am frustrated at the generally poor standard of training currently available. But the training institutions are simply responding to demand. More and more we are being required to ensure that staff are “qualified” or “accredited” or whatever in this risk averse world. Only this week we’ve been advised that, as a consequence of coronal inquest on a single motor vehicle accident, we are now required to ensure yet another group of our outdoor staff are accredited – how is not yet known!

    One of the great tragedies of this push (which I started calling the “rush-to-mediocrity” following the Dawkins reforms of the Hawke government) is the side lining of some of our best employees who, for whatever reason, struggle with conventional learning.

    As an employer I have tried offering literacy and numeracy training and the presentation of daily run sheets and OH&S documentation pictorially, but at some stage all these become irrelevant as more and more we are required to prove that our staff are qualified – that is they have a piece of paper that can be presented to a court. It covers my backside, but ultimately does nothing to improve public safety.

  2. shanghai

    Look, let’s not mince words – Bob comes well connected, reasonably articulate, somewhat in tune with the arts, and never short of a word……but he is behaving like a bit of a grub in his current role.
    His current actions re Syria and Assange reflect his determination to remain in favour with royal court of the USA rather than to act as the Foreign Minister of an independent Australian nation.
    Maybe Bob has the Deputy Sheriff role in his sights.

  3. izatso?

    yup, more CYA, less public safety, from both of these comments, it is DISGUSTING, how this shite has evolved …… teaching people to lie with credibility, in the officially accepted fashion ……….

  4. Hamis Hill

    As the author of an in-house training manual I tried TAFE’s Train the
    Trainer course. abandoned the course after directly discovering that,
    apparently, a “Trainer” did not need to know absolutely antything at all
    about the subject matter of the training. An untested proposition if ever
    there was one. I developed the view that this is literally the setting of
    individuals on a set of rails with no appeal to their understanding.
    Now I should say that I am the author of an education manual since
    human beings are not apes, horses or even fleas to be trained rather
    than educated. (e-duct not indodtrinate to be literal).
    Now we have an advanced education system to which all employers
    can appeal in their workforces. How completely moronic to abandon
    all this acquired knowledge to instead treat people as mere units of
    assembled protoplasm to be programmed like “robotniks”.
    Imagine this nonsense entering and infecting our armed services!

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